Summer Festival of Arts & Antiques
Saturday, August 27, 2022 / 9 AM to 4 PM
The Madison Historical Society will host a Summer Festival of Arts and Antiques on Saturday, August 27 from 9 AM to 4 PM. By creating a festival atmosphere with a variety of engaging summertime activities, the MHS hopes to offer something of interest for everyone.
This end-of-summer celebration of art, antiques, and family fun will feature vendors of fine antiques and collectibles from across the region, selling ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, kitchenware, linens, memorabilia, pottery, toys, vintage accessories, and more.
Additionally, an art exhibition and sale will be mounted by members of the Madison Art Society. This showcase of original works by local artists will feature a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, drawings, and sculptures. Plein-air painting demonstrations will also be offered by select artists during the event.
Live demonstrations of such traditional crafts as bobbin lace weaving and spinning, doll making, bookbinding, pottery molding, and pottery decoration will also be featured. Crafters will sell their wares and offer instruction on these pre-industrial trades.
A classic car show of antique vehicles will be another highlight of the day. Among other vehicles, visitors will be able to see a Stanley Steamer dating from the early 1900s, a Triumph TR6 in mint condition, and a beautifully restored 1940 Ford pickup truck.
Family-friendly activities designed to engage a younger audience will include colonial games, a dunk tank, life-size Jenga and Connect Four games, face painting, henna tattoos, Silly Putty making, and a birds of prey meet and greet. Live musical performances and a delicious menu of fair foods and sweet treats round out the offerings.
Raffle items include a ride along the shoreline in a Stanley Steamer, an original watercolor portrait of your home by local artist Bill Dowling, a hand-crafted quilt donated by the Shoreline Quilters Guild, and other gift certificates that will be offered throughout the day. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25.
Just steps from the Fair is Lee's Academy, home to the MHS administrative offices. The Society is pleased to offer the community a preview of the newly restored Lee’s Academy on Madison’s historic green. For nearly three years, this iconic town structure has been under construction. Slated to open later this year, the space will be called the Madison Center for History and Culture. The MCHC will celebrate the town’s rich cultural heritage and will be a meeting space for all to enjoy. Please stop by Lee’s Academy to view our progress and learn more about the restoration process.
Skunk Misery Ramblers /9 - 10:20 AM
Replay / 10:25 - 11:45 AM
Patriot Sound / 11:50AM - 1:10PM
Vinyl Bros - Rick & Jim / 1:15 - 2:30 PM
Jazz Guitar Duo / 2:40 - 4 PM
Colonial Games - 10 AM - 12 PM
Plein Air Painting - 11 AM - 2 PM
Face Painting - 10 AM - 2 PM
Silly Putty Making - 11 AM - 2 PM
Birds of Prey Meet & Greet - 2 - 4 PM
All Day Events
Life-Size Connect Four
Ride in a Stanley Steamer
Watercolor Portrait by local artist
Handmade Quilt "Twilight Garden"
Private Yoga Session for Six
Important visitor information
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Date: August 27, 2022
Admission Fee: $6 / Teens $3
Free Admission to MHS Members and children 12 and younger
Click HERE for a printer-friendly $1 off admission coupon
Sidewalk Cafe: Breakfast and lunch all day long
MHS Information Booth: books for sale; membership information
Pets on leashes are welcome; any damages to exhibitor displays/wares are the responsibility of the pet owner.
Location: Madison Green; parking is available around the green.
Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 61. Travel south on CT State Route 79 (Durham Road) to US Route 1 (Boston Post Road). Take a right turn on US Route 1 and travel a short distance to the west, to the Madison Green, which is bounded by the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Copse Road.
For a $1 discount off the price of an individual admission, please print the ad that appears on this page.
Ads will also be available in local newspapers, retail establishments, and at our offices.
Participating Antique Dealers
Steve & Ginny Balser
Kathleen & Bob Chadd
Steven & Joanne Chatlas
June & Richard Cumpstone
Olivia & Alex Garay
John & Francine Gintoff
Alan & Rosemary Golia
Kathleen Reilly & Patricia Melillo
Leo and Patricia Tedone
Martin & Leslie Watkins
Captain Ron Wojcik
Important Vendor Information
Interested in participating in our Summer Festival of Arts & Antiques?
The show offers booth spaces to a select group of vetted dealers of fine antiques.
Booth spaces - 30' wide by 20' deep - 100 sq ft more than previous years
$65 prior to July 1/$85 thereafter
Additional vendor information can be found in the contract terms below.
If you wish to be considered for participation in the Fair, please complete the contract application below and return it to:
Madison Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Madison, CT 06443
Please include photographs of the merchandise you would offer for sale. A member of the antique fair committee will contact you to discuss your participation.
Please call us at (203) 245-4567 or email us for any other information.
Antique Car Show
Please complete the form below to register your classic car. Vehicles will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis as there is limited space.